The Editor, Sir:
In her most recent Sunday column, Carolyn Cooper presented the position on further development on Long Mountain overlooking the Mona reservoir well. The reference to environmental and social risk as previously identified was clearly stated. Why have the technical agencies ignored these positions and advised the NRCA board to approve? Precautionary principle has been thrown to the wind. This is very disappointing.
As a country that mouths commitment to sustainable development at global fora, we should have made more progress with integrated planning underpinned by environmental risk analysis.
Long-term potential consequences can turn out to be 'short-term' in cases such as the Beverly Hills development. Who will be monitoring the construction standards and ongoing maintenance of the post-permit conditions so as to attenuate possible effects on the Mona reservoir? Will expedience and self-interest ever lose ground to development initiatives backed by integrated economic, social and environmental principles?
Recommendations should be based on sound analyses and professional judgement. I suppose some of the technocrats will say they exercised professional judgement. We can agree to disagree.